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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles Book 3) Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. Marissa enjoys road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for priceless treasures at antique shops.
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This is the first Audible book I've listened to, and it was the perfect accompaniment for my 2-hour drive down to a horse show last week. (Note to self, the radio in my car will not fix itself)
As happened in Scarlet, this third instalment splits itself between Cinder & Co; and newcomer Cress.
Cress is quite a sweet, funny, and fantastically awkward new addition. The girl is a "shell" (a Lunar born without any gifts or ability to manipulate others. They also can't be manipulated, so the Lunars have deemed them a threat, and kill them at birth).
Cress has been living in isolation on a satellite for about 7 years, after it was discovered she was a tech whizz, she has been working for the Luna Queen. But despite her confinement, Cress is free to think for herself, form her own opinions about the Earthens; and she decides that Cinder (and Thorne, especially Thorne) deserves her help.
The story follows our heroes as they try to rescue Cress from the satellite, and the catastrophe of what happens next. The group is split up, and spend their time trying to survive, and reunite.
In the main part of this story, there is less of a threat from the Lunars, until the climatic end scenes. Instead, it focuses on those on Earth. The new friends and foes; the loyal and the betrayals; and the sheer danger of nature itself.
I felt that everything was on loop.
Cress was in awe of everything she saw; Thorne was being... well, Thorne; Wolf was being grouchy; and Cinder...
I know her team is in tatters, but she's kicking her heels, musing over all the Luna dangers. She knows she has to stop Queen Levana, and she knows she has to stop the wedding with Emperor Kai; but she spends the whole time worrying about things not being possible. She never has any drive. I wanted to kick her up the arse and tell her to get on and do something. Anything.
On a side note, the narration of this audiobook...
Mostly good, but those accents were painful. Especially Scarlet's "French" accent. It made me very glad that I didn't listen to the book 2, where Scarlet was the main character.
Throughout the series I have really enjoyed the way Meyer has interwoven the fairytale elements within the sci-fi story. As I was reading I would find myself going "ohhhh yeah that happens in the original" and appreciating how it was written to fit in. On top of that there is your classic YA fantasy shocks from characters that you have known for 2 books now and didn't expect them to do. Most of the novel is set in Africa which I enjoyed as Africa isn't a common setting.
Cress is a lovely character, she's sweet and naive without being annoying. I thought she worked perfectly in the group, she brings something new as both Scarlet and Cinder are loud personalities and are confident in themselves whereas Cress who has been living in a Satellite most of her life doesn't really know much about life and has problems with her self esteem.
My one issue is that everyone is pairing off and they're all straight pairings. Though they are all sweet I know that these are all fairytale retellings of straight stories but I feel like Meyer maybe could have put a little twist in there with some sexuality diversity.
I'm really excited to read Winter but I'm going to put it off for a little while just because it is huge. It's like 850 pages or something like that and I've read a few big books lately.
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